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Taylor: $2M study on Hancock Co., MS rail line a waste of money
BAY ST. LOUIS -- Former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, a new member of the Hancock County Development Commission, believes the board needs to put the kibosh on studying a new rail line from Port Bienville to the Nicholson area. The Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Development Commission are hosting a meeting Tuesday night so residents can learn more about the study and offer input. Sun Herald
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FedEx Cost Cutting: Shipping Giant Plans To Shed Thousands Of Jobs, Retire Planes To Slash $1.7 Billion
Investors are driving up shares of FedEx Corp. after the world's second-largest package delivery company promised to boost profits by shedding jobs, aircraft and underused assets. Huffington Post
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SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL--Astronauts plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday and attached it to the International Space Station, marking the reopening of a U.S. supply line to the orbital outpost following the space shuttles' retirement last year. Reuters
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Obama's Secret Weapon In The South: Small, Dead, But Still Kickin'
Look at this map, and notice that deep, deep in the Republican South, there's a thin blue band stretching from the Carolinas through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. These are the counties that went for Obama in the last election. A blue crescent in a sea of red. NPR
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The Real Jobs-Numbers Mistake
Barack Obama’s weak first presidential debate was almost immediately followed by a Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary showing a huge drop in the unemployment rate in September and decent job growth. In the era of social media and rabid partisanship, that swiftly led to a conspiracy theory spearheaded by former GE CEO Jack Welch, who alleged that “these Chicago guys will do anything” to win, “can’t debate so change numbers.” Slate
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Supreme Court questions Texas affirmative action plan
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas‘ use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. Washington Times
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Why Less Coal in Texas Could Mean More Water For a Thirsty State
As Texas moves away from coal and towards natural gas for its power plants, it stands to save billions of gallons of water in the process, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin’s Webber Energy Group. And in planning for the future, switching to gas will save even more. You can see a video version of the report above. State Impact
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How Wind’s Success in Texas Could Pave the Way For More Solar
The Texas wind boom really got started over a decade ago, with the passage of a state senate bill that required renewables to be developed, followed by an expanded version of renewable energy targets from the senate in 2005. State Impact
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American Airlines Will Lay Off 370 Workers at Tulsa Maintenance Base
Three hundred mechanics and about 70 fleet service workers at the bankrupt airline’s Tulsa maintenance base will be laid off by February. State Impact
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Just look around at what's happening in the aerospace industry in the American South. Aerospace is really making a move to become one of the region's top two industry sectors. It’s not there yet, but if large project counts are any indication, aerospace may soon challenge the petrochemicals sector as the second largest industry in the region. Never before has the aerospace industry been so important to the South's economy. Oh, what's the No. 1 industry sector in the South? Automotive is, of course. That industry hasn't been challenged much for 25 years in this region, or since we’ve been counting.

 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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